Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) Employment and Enterprise Team are working with Manchester Enterprise Academy (MEA) students to provide a different interview experience.
10 year 13 students have been interviewing local business owners, who are based at the Enterprise Centre, to help understand how employers create the questions asked at interviews.
The project has got off to a flying start with one MEA student successfully been offered a role after interviewing the Managing Director of Beckston Lewis.
Sarah Klueter Assistant Director of Community Investment and Regeneration said, " Interviews can be scary, especially when you first leave school. Trading Places provides the opportunity to sit on the opposite side of the table and see how interviews are conducted from the employer point of view as well as understand what employers are looking for”.
Trading places is one of a series of projects that WCHG partners with the MEA, to raise aspirations of Wythenshawe young people to help provide positive outcomes when they leave school.
Bespoke Cleaning Services and Beckston Lewis are both businesses based at the Enterprise Centre on Benchill Road.
Managing Director Kevin O’Connor said, “As someone who grew up in Wythenshawe, I’m passionate about providing opportunities for young people in the area. Trading Places is just one way that Beckston Lewis is able to help”.
The Enterprise Centre supports Wythenshawe entrepreneurs start up and grow a business by providing cost effective office space and support. The first Trading Places session was run on the 14th June with the second scheduled for the 22nd June.